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Friday July 28, 2017

Thank You for Completing Required Back-to-School Forms

Thank you to the many families who have already responded to and completed required back-to-school forms. As a reminder, the primary parental contact for each new and returning student received an email July 7 with required back-to-school forms that must be completed by Friday, July 28. Families with more than one child enrolled at DeLaSalle will receive an individual email for each one.

The back-to-school email also includes important information about required school orientations for new and returning students. Families of returning students may sign up for an orientation on either Wednesday, August 9 or Wednesday, August 16. New Student Orientation for all ninth grade and new transfer students will be held on Thursday, August 17 and new families are invited back to DeLaSalle for New Family Orientation the evening of August 17.

Please note: Families who choose the $50 Annual Protection Plan option for their child’s iPad will find the charge reflected on their TADS account to be paid within the upcoming month. (Most returning families made this choice when re-enrolling in February; families of new students are making that choice this month). Families who have already paid their tuition will have an additional invoice added to their account to make this payment. Families who choose the $405 Deposit Protection Plan option will need to bring in a check when their student picks up their iPad in August.

You can learn more about Back-to-School information here.

Participating In A Fall Sport

DeLaSalle is excited to begin the 2017 fall sports season with the first day of practice for all teams on Monday, August 14. Students interested in participating in a fall athletic program must respond to the Fall Sports Registration form sent via email from

Before a student can participate in a sport, they must have a “current” physical submitted by August 1 (“current” is defined as signed by a licensed physician within the last three years.) Families should have also completed the Minnesota State High School League Eligibility Form, which was included in the back-to-school email (see above).

Students and parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the Student Activities eligibility / fall athletic coaches meeting on Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30pm, following school orientation. The meeting will cover important DeLaSalle and state high school league eligibility policies. Coaches of fall athletic programs will hold team meetings after. New and transfer students will learn even more information about DeLaSalle activities and athletics programs during New Family Orientation on August 17 at 6:30pm.

Watch for Bus & Transportation Route Information

As the start of school approaches, parents often want to know more about their child’s school bus route, stop, as well as pick-up and drop-off times. .

  • For those students residing in Minneapolis who requested busing as part of 2017-18 registration, Minneapolis & Suburban/Monarch Bus Company will begin mailing postcards in early August with the route and stop information.
  • For those students residing in St. Paul and suburbs who have requested transportation through DeLaSalle, route information will be emailed directly to students / families prior to August 15.

Questions? Please contact Brooks Shelstad at 612.676.7614.

Parking Permit Sales Begin August 9

Parking permits will be sold for $250 starting August 9. Permits will be sold to carpoolers on August 9, to seniors on August 10, and to juniors on August 11. Permits may paid for by cash or a check payable to DeLaSalle High School.

Please note a permit will not be sold unless the following requirements are met:

  • The student is enrolled at DeLaSalle (student must show school ID as proof)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Registrant must identify the make, model and license plate information for PRIMARY vehicle that will be driven to De
  • Fully agree to terms and conditions
  • Form of payment (cash / check)

Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis with no saving or reservations allowed. Once the number of available permits are sold, a student may opt to keep his or her information on a waiting list.

Join DeLaSalle at Alumni Weekend August 10-12
There is still time for you to register and join DeLaSalle at the 2017 Alumni Weekend August 10-12. Four events, including a brand new event, will make up this year’s celebration.  Parents and friends of DeLaSalle are invited to attend the Hall of Fame Ceremony, or register for the Tennis and Pickleball Mixer or Golf Tournament as part of the broad Islander community supporting today’s students. Continue reading

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Find the most up-to-date school events on the School Calendar webpage

Guidance Offers 3 Events in August

Thursday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 8

Guidance & College Planning staff invite students and parents to participate in three different events that will assist them in their college planning process.

• Essay Workshop
Thursday, August 3, 10:00am-12:00pm, D104

Seniors, gain a fresh and unique approach from a professional writer to make your college essay memorable and sure to stand out to admissions counselors. Come if you have started your essay or are looking for tips.

• Online College Application Workshop
Thursday, August 3, 1:00-3:30pm, Thies Lab

Seniors, YES, it is time to get started. YES, you will be happy you did. Discover step-by-step instructions to completing your online college application.

• Coffee with Counseling Staff
Tuesday, August 8, 8:15-9:15am, B102

Parents, meet De’s college counseling staff and get the latest buzz about college planning, including changes to FAFSA.

Fall Sports Eligibility & Team Meetings

Wednesday, August 9, 6:30pm

Students and parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the Student Activities eligibility / fall athletic coaches meeting on Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30pm, following school orientation. The meeting will cover important DeLaSalle and state high school league eligibility policies. Coaches of fall athletic programs will hold team meetings after. New and transfer students will learn even more information about DeLaSalle activities and athletics programs during New Family Orientation on August 17 at 6:30pm.

School Orientations for Returning Students

Wednesday, August 9 & Wednesday, August 16

Returning students in grades 10, 11, and 12 or a parent/guardian are required to attend a School Orientation session before the 2017-18 year begins. Families will register for an orientation session at the same time as they complete required “back-to-school” forms. During the school orientation, families will receive the student’s iPad. Families may also deposit lunch money into their child’s account and meet with other important school personnel.

Fall Sports Practices Begin

Monday, August 14

Practices for all fall sports begin on Monday, August 14. This includes boys’ and girls’ soccer, competition cheer, cross country, girls’ tennis, girls’ swimming and diving, and sideline cheer. Click here to find where teams will practice, at what time, and who the team’s coach is.

New Student Orientation

Thursday, August 17

This REQUIRED program for ALL new ninth grade and transfer students begins at 8:25am and is for students only.

On August 17, students should check in between 8:00-8:20am. The 9th grade program runs all day, ending at 3:00pm. The transfer students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. All new students meet new classmates, meet their academic mentor, and then (with a copy of their class schedules in hand) are introduced to teachers and important school personnel as part of a 90-minute tour/building orientation.

  • Transfer students meet separately with other transfers (and some returning De students); we will have a continental breakfast meeting to start the transfers program at 8:30am, but we will not serve lunch to the transfers. Again, the transfers are dismissed at 12:00 noon.
  • Ninth graders will stay through lunch (provided free on Thursday) and have additional orientation activities in the afternoon designed to help them meet other new ninth grade students. Ninth graders are dismissed at 3:00pm.

Please note these important reminders:

  • School bus service is not available on this day. Plan to arrive between 8:00-8:20am. The programs will begin promptly at 8:30am.
  • All students are to be in SCHOOL UNIFORM

First Day of Classes

Monday, August 21

Classes are in session from 8:30am-3:00pm. School bus service will begin this day. Students are in school uniform. Remember to bring your iPad, charged and ready to go! This is the day that lockers are assigned (DeLaSalle provides the locks). Each teacher will share course expectations with students and distribute course materials.

Around DeLaSalle

Islanders are pictured here at the Serere EcoReserve in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia – one of many stops on their 15-day “Public Health: Social Determinants of Health and Ethnobotany” course through DeLaSalle’s Global Advantage Program. The group returns August 1. Follow photo highlights of the trip on the @dlsglobaladvantage Instagram account.

Limited Space Available in All Four Grades

DeLaSalle is still accepting applications for the coming year and registering students at all four grade levels.  Currently, between two and five spaces are available in each grade.  All of us at DeLaSalle are grateful for the many kind referrals from current families and friends of the school.  In the months of June and July alone, we received 37 new inquiries for fall enrollment across all four grade levels, and many of the applicant families are citing the recommendations of parents or students they know. Continue reading

What School Supplies Does My Child Need?

DeLaSalle encourages all students to have these supplies when they begin classes on Monday, August 21.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Folders
  • Backpack (for home to school use)
  • DeLaSalle cinch bag (for use during the day)

School Supply Reminders

Students in Algebra 1 and Geometry should have a scientific calculator. Students in Algebra 2, Precalculus, Statistics, and all Calculus classes should have a graphing calculator. Note: Casio and TI-Inspire graphing calculators are not recommended.

Each teacher and course may have specific requests for school supplies. Students will hear about this on the first day of classes.

The School Store will again sell draw-string bookbags this year that are the only approved bag for carrying items during the school day. Backpacks are to be used only to carry items from home to school and back.

School Uniforms

Do you need to purchase new uniform apparel for your child? The School Store will be open during several school-related events in August, including School Orientations and the first day of fall sports practices. The hours will be as follows:

  • Wednesday August 9, 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Monday, August 14, 12:00-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 16, 11:30am-8:30pm
  • Thursday, August 17, 8:00am-1:00pm and 2:00-6:00pm

The School Store’s regular hours begin Monday, August 21, when the store will be open Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm.

As always, you may schedule an appointment with the School Store. Please contact Douge Schildgen at 612.859.5652.

Host an International Student

A young man from Korea who has studied at DeLaSalle the last two years is looking for a host family. Richard is an incoming junior who has a passion for film and enjoys tennis and swimming. Hosting an international student like Richard gives your family a unique opportunity to build a special connection, explore new customs, and share American culture. If you or your family is interested in hosting Richard, please contact us. Host families receive a $800-$900 monthly housing stipend for hosting international students.

Come Drive for DeLaSalle

DeLaSalle is hiring part time drivers for the 2017-18 school year. Candidates must be at least 21 and have a clean driving record. Bus and van routes as well as activity driving shifts are available. Some training is also available. Please contact Brooks Shelstad, Director of Transportation at or 612-676-7614, or complete an application for employment.

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
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